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Research on Acidification Aims to Assure Crab Stocks a Future

A summer's worth of research, including some 400 bottom tows, is over, giving federal researchers the data needed to proceed with recommending crab harvest totals that will assure a sustainable crab... Full story


Jury Still Out on Brexit Impact on Seafood Prices

While European Union leaders wrestle with what their economic future will be after Britain's exit, Alaska's fisheries economists are keeping a close watch, and trying to calculate how the political... Full story


Alaska's Fishing Ports Spending Millions to Upgrade

From Unalaska's Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea, to the bustling commercial fishing hubs of Southeast Alaska, millions of dollars in port upgrades are underway and in the planning stages, aided by... Full story


Bering Sea Harvesters Hard at Work

Groundfish fisheries under way in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands harvested thousands of metric tons of fish through early March, with pollock vessels and Pacific cod trawl catcher vessels showing particular strength. “Fishing has been excellen... Full story


New FDA Label Clarifies 'Alaska Pollock'

To be labeled "Alaska pollock" the mild flavored white fish, employed by chefs in everything from seafood salads to fish sticks and filets, must now be harvested from Alaska waters. Otherwise, says... Full story


Perils of Crab Fishery Range from Poaching to Ocean Acidification

Alaska's legendary crab fisheries, as portrayed in the Discovery Channel television series "Deadliest Catch," underscore the dangers of bringing in the succulent king crab while battling the stormy,... Full story


NPFMC Gears Up for Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch Decision

With Alaska's commercial halibut fishery underway, for a harvest limit of 18,474,000 pounds, federal fisheries managers are continuing to wrestle with the thorny issue of halibut caught incidentally... Full story


Demise of Herring in Prince William Sound Still a Mystery

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and millions of dollars in research, marine scientists still have no conclusions about the relationship between that environmental disaster and the demise of Pacific herring in Prince William... Full story


Tailings Dam Failure Hits Fraser River Watershed, Salmon Spawning Regions

Canadian mining officials in British Columbia are investigating a tailings pond dam rupture that released an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of mine wastes into the Fraser River watershed,... Full story


Construction Efforts in Progress for Alaska's Fishing Ports

Major fishing ports and harbors critical to Alaska's economy are in the midst of designing, construction and fund sourcing in the spring of 2014, to meet needs ranging from float replacements to... Full story


New Attack on Cook Inlet Setnetters

A new sportfishing group on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is proposing a ban on commercial set net fishing in areas it identifies as "urban" part of the state, including Cook Inlet. The announcement from t... Full story


Value of 2013 Alaska Salmon Harvest Tops $691 Million

Humpies proved a deciding factor in Alaska’s 2013 commercial salmon harvest of 272 million fish valued at $691.1 million. Powered by a record harvest of 219 million pink salmon, this year’s harvest ranks as the second most valuable on record, sai... Full story


Talks Begin to Keep Alaska Seafood on Walmart Shelves

In the grocery section of a Walmart store in Anchorage, hard by refrigerated units holding a variety of frozen meat and poultry, is a smaller freezer area displaying wild salmon fillets, the bulk of... Full story


Certification Audit Complete, as Crabbers Await Stock Survey Results

By Margaret Bauman Prices are down a bit, but demand remains strong, as harvesters of Alaska’s deadliest catch, albeit multi-million dollar crab fishery await stock survey results that will determine quotas for the 2013-2014 fishery. Online markete... Full story


Demand, Prices Up for Succulent Yukon River Chums

Autumn has set in on Alaska’s Lower Yukon River, where the fall harvest of those oil-rich Yukon chum salmon is in progress, a fishery that feeds the regional economy with seafood sales in markets... Full story


Fish, Music and Art Draw Crowds to Salmonstock 2013

Amidst the ongoing political wrestling match over construction of a massive mine at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed, there was music in early August, lots of it, as more than 5,000 people... Full story


Bristol Bay Slows

Alaska’s statewide wild salmon harvest topped 35 million fish by July 8, including overall strong returns at Chignik, Kodiak, Copper River and the Alaska Peninsula, while the Bristol Bay fleet was... Full story


Alaska Wild Salmon Harvest Clears 890,000 Fish

The famed Copper River district salmon fishery is running well ahead of forecast and as of June 10 appeared to be likely to have a robust regular commercial fishing schedule, with openers twice... Full story


Chinook Bycatch Limit Set for GOA Trawl Fleet

Federal fisheries managers voted June 8 in Juneau to put a 7,500-fish limit on Chinook salmon bycatch by some 60 bottom trawlers harvesting flatfish, rockfish and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska. The action during the June meeting of the North... Full story


Chum Salmon Runs Looking Good for Yukon River

The first commercial fishing openers on Yukon River salmon will come around mid-June, and with a forecast of average to above average runs of both summer and fall chums, Kwik’Pak Fisheries is optimistic about a good season. “It looks very good... Full story


Modern Freezer-Longliner for Blue North Fisheries

A new longliner set to enter Alaska’s cod hook-and-line fishery in October 2014 will offer state-of-the-art environmental and safety advantages, and an ultimate goal of 100 percent utilization of... Full story


Millions of Dollars in Upgrades Planned for Alaska Fishing Ports

Fishing ports and harbors from Kodiak to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Bristol Bay to Sitka will see millions of dollars in upgrades over the next few years, from ramps, floats and docks to an entire new... Full story


Wild Alaska Salmon Ranks High for Musher, Racing Sled Dogs' Diet

Four-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey was all smiles an hour before the start of the 2013 race to Nome, checking his sled bag over, when asked how much wild Alaska salmon he was... Full story


Atka Pride Seafoods Plant Will Open Early in Aleutians

The Atka Pride Seafoods processing facility, a joint venture of APICDA Joint Ventures, Inc. and the Atka Fishermen’s Association, will open April 27, closely paralleling the anticipated seasonal clo... Full story


Halibut Bycatch Issues Moving Slowly Through NPFMC

Analysis has been initiated by federal fisheries managers on a focused data collection program to be established prior to implementation of a trawl bycatch management program in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took...


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